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Weekly Labor Legislative Update on the 87th Texas Legislature
A bill that would clear a path for nurses who contracted COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation coverage (where available) won final passage today in the Texas House.
The Texas House today gave final approval to a labor-backed “Helmets to Hardhats” bill that can help steer military veterans to apprenticeship training programs.
The Texas House voted today to keep a practice that denies many Texas construction workers basic job benefits.

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  The Texas AFL-CIO may not see eye to eye with Gov. Greg Abbott on key issues, but we can agree in the light of recent events that how we treat immigrants, refugees, children and the working poor is at the core of who we are as a state, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

In the wake of Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders and Governor Abbott's threats against sheriffs that refuse to comply with all ICE detainer requests, the delegates of the Harris County Labor Assembly, AFL-CIO unanimously passed the attached resolution.

Resolution: Protection of Immigrant Families
Harris County Labor Assembly

WHEREAS, core to the labor movement are the values of solidarity, freedom, opportunity, and equality for all;

  As supporters of decent health care for all Americans, the Texas AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with Planned Parenthood as it makes its case in a federal courthouse for continued Medicaid funding, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said.

  “Congress may be about to take away or compromise health coverage for tens of millions of Americans,” Patrick said. “The last thing Texans need in this environment is for Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton to cut off an organization that makes a dramatic difference in the health of thousands of the poorest people in our state.”

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  The state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour condemns hundreds of thousands of working people to poverty, costs taxpayers and shuts out business customers, Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

The Texas AFL-CIO will host a news conference later today on raising the minimum wage in Texas.

The event will take place 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Speaker’s Committee Room of the Texas Capitol.

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick will be joined by working people who earn at or near the minimum wage and legislators who are promoting bills to increase the wage floor, along with other allies. 

The proposed “bathroom bill,” SB 6, “would stigmatize vulnerable Texans and threaten our jobs and our economy for the sake of political grandstanding,” Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick said today.

“With no foundation in reality, bills like SB 6 manufacture high-profile fights that bury the real priorities of our state in a pile of narrow ideological mandates,” Patrick said. “Instead of focusing on good jobs, education, the safety of our children, health care and a crumbling infrastructure, SB 6 manufactures a crisis that does not exist.”